A British heiress who was found dead in her hotel room in Switzerland has been killed by her boyfriend for his money despite her claim that she died in a sex game, a court has heard.
Anna Reed, 22, was discovered in the bathroom of her hotel room at Hotel La Palma au Lac in Locarno, Switzerland, in April 2019, after her partner Marc Schatzle called the services of emergency.
A post-mortem examination concluded that Ms Reed had died from a strangulation and had also suffered small cuts and fractures.
This year Schatzle, who previously worked as a bouncer at various pubs and nightclubs on the Swiss-German border, was put on trial for the murder of the 22-year-old.
Anna Reed (pictured with Marc Schatzle before her death), 22, was found dead in her hotel room in Switzerland in April 2019
At a trial in Lugano, a court heard that Schatzle had debts of over £ 40,000 and was said to have known his girlfriend had ‘over £ 25,000 in his account’.
Five months after Ms Reed’s death, a credit card belonging to the 22-year-old was discovered hidden in a panel in the hotel elevator.
Investigators suspected it was stolen by Schatzle, who claimed he hid it there as a joke.
But a prosecution source told The Times: “The bank card was very carefully concealed and it is clear that it needed to be retrieved later. The claim that she died in a sex game never went down. been convincing.
“We believe she was murdered for financial gain.”
They added that the German father-of-two claimed it was an “erotic game gone bad.”
The night Ms. Reed was discovered by paramedics, other hotel guests described hearing “furniture being pushed hard” and “breaking glass”.
One person told The Sun: “I heard broken glass and furniture pushed loudly into the room.
They added: “I wanted to go say something but I thought it was too dangerous.”
After her death, Ms Reed’s former school, Ashville College in Harrogate, said in a statement: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former student Anna Reed and our hearts are with her family.”
Marc Schatzle, who has denied deliberately killing Miss Reed, reportedly met Ms Reed in Thailand in February 2019
Ms Reed (left and right) had enjoyed a trip around the world which she received from her father as a gift for her 21st birthday
The night Ms Reed was discovered by paramedics, other guests at La Palma Hotel at Lake Locarno, Switzerland, described how they heard “furniture being pushed hard” and “broken glass” .
Schatzle, who has denied deliberately killing Ms Reed, reportedly met her in Thailand in February 2019 while traveling.
It is understood that Ms Reed, who completed her college education and was taking a year off, had enjoyed a trip around the world which she received from her father as a gift for her 21st birthday.
After the couple entered into a relationship, Ms Reed’s expenses “increased dramatically,” a court said.
On the night of his death, the couple had shared a £ 100 bottle of champagne over dinner before returning to their hotel.
They were then pictured smiling on the patio of their penthouse room hours before Ms Reed died.
Schatzle, who has a “warrior” tattooed on his eyebrow, has worked as a bouncer in various pubs and nightclubs on the Swiss-German border.
A source told a Swiss newspaper at the time: “No one knows how he could afford all the travel. Something cannot be right.
Schatzle denies the murder and the trial continues.